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“Economist and Similar Prognosticators Don’t Know Much About Selling or Owning Real Estate"
It looks like the national increase in real estate values is around 6%. How much of an effect will the elimination or partial elimination of our current interest deduction have on real estate values going forward?
A couple of months ago, I was doing a refinance for a couple. I was reducing their remaining 26 year mortgage into a 15 year mortgage. The topic of interest deduction came up and the wife made the following statement. “If the interest deduction goes away, out home (48 comments)
Doing mortgages in 8 states, CT, MA, RI, VT, NH, ME, NY and FL, gives me firsthand information about this topic.
The article below, speaks to falling prices are not improving affordability. These studies are like the polls that are being done on the upcoming Presidential election. They all depend on who you are asking what questions.
Between home prices and interest rate, almost everyone that can buy a home, can do so. The bigger issues for potential home buyers have to do with credit (5 comments)
“Over 50% of Homeowners Overestimate the Value of their Homes”
I feel like the bearer of bad news so often, when it comes to value. So many homeowners feel their home is worth more, when we are doing a refinance and in some cases a purchase.
I prep every client about the appraisal process and the possibility the value will come in below expectation. I let them know, that once we get an appraisal, we will immediately get them a copy for them to review. I share the process if a decision is made to challenge the value. (10 comments)
Last year Brenda and Gerry bought a home in Coventry, Ct. The home needed work, so we did a 203k loan for them. The purchase price was $98,000 and there was $30,000 in renovations. Gerry is being transferred by his company to NY State, so financially this was a move that was great for them. They put their home on the market at $169,900 and it went on deposit within 2 weeks. They will net about $20,000. Not a bad investment. I referred them to a Realtor in NY and they are (4 comments)
home prices: NEWS FLASH, FANNIE/FREDDIE SAY HOME PRICES MOVING UP - 07/03/12 05:31 AM
“News Flash, Fannie/Freddie Say Home Prices Moving up” I’m not sure there is a Realtor in this country who hasn’t been saying the same thing for months. At the same time appraisals continue to be a problem. The AMC’s and their appraiser networks were certainly quick to downgrade values by saying that most markets have declining values, but how many are adjusting values upward because purchase prices are increasing and they are using old comps? The answer, very few if any. It is the same as the price of gas, it sure does move up in a hurry, but it sure doesn’t come (3 comments)
I am a strong advocate of “Buy American”. I know this is pretty hard with certain products and almost impossible with others. I buy shirts from a boutique store that only carries American made shirts and almost everything in the store is American made. I pay more than I would in other so called mainstream stories, but I see it as my responsibility.
I am constantly promoting and referring businesses with the same philosophy and they continue to refer me and my business as a result.
Last week, two of my clients were involved with bidding on homes, where there were multiple offers. One was successful the other was not. That's not the point, I have been seeing values beginning to firm or getting stronger.
Here is the problem, appraisers are not seeing this transformation taking place. The problem, they are using comparables that haven’t caught up with the increased values. They are often still indicating declining values and making adjustments downward, instead of just the opposite.
Home prices rise for first time in 8 months By: The (5 comments)
It doesn’t take an economist to understand that home values are at the lowest level that they have been at for years. It doesn’t take a fortuneteller to tell you that interest rates are at levels that haven’t been seen in decades. That means that all of us need to encourage anyone and everyone that has ever considered buying a home, that the time is now. Home values will go up, I guarantee it! Mortgage rates will go up, I guarantee it! A past client (5 comments)
home prices: ARE YOUR PROPERTY TAXES TOO HIGH? - 03/14/12 10:58 AM
“Are Your Property Taxes Too High?”Income Tax Isn't the Only Important Tax This Time of Year We may be in the middle of income tax season, but hoping you'll be getting a refund isn't the only thing you should be thinking about this time of year...especially if you're a homeowner. That's because the National Taxpayers Union (a nonprofit citizen group) estimates that between 30 and 60 percent of properties are assessed for too high of a value, resulting in an incorrectly larger property tax bill. Taking the time to review your property tax bill could save you a nice chunk (5 comments)
home prices: AUTHOR DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE BUYS A HOME TODAY AND WHY THEY WILL CONTINUE - 03/14/12 06:17 AM
“Author Doesn’t Understand Why Someone Buys a Home Today and Why They Will Continue” Articles like the one below, are beyond stupid. Just the type of article that creates fear instead of sharing common sense. The author doesn’t understand that most people that are buying homes today, especially first time home buyers, are buying homes to live in, not thinking about what the property is going to sell sometime in the future. They are buying homes, that in most cases end up costing them less than what they are paying for rent. They are buying homes that fulfill their needs better (1 comments)
I have been in the real estate and mortgage business for over 40 years. In this time period I have seen every imaginable real estate market. One factor stands out, the MARKET is very efficient. Every property on the market will get sold. The eventual price will dictate how quickly the properties will get sold.
With all the numbers being thrown around in the article, he is forgetting about the fact that the population of this country is not decreasing. There are new people coming into the house buying market every day (5 comments)
It’s a little crazy to use language like “HOME PRICES PLUNGED 1.3%. The sad part about folks that report information are that the future home buyers read it. The moment they read “HOME PRICES PLUNGED”, they pull back from making a buying decision. This article is just a small example of what goes to print, radio or television.
Home Prices Plunged 1.3% in November: Case-Shiller By: Ryan Schuette Home prices fell by 1.3 percent in November last year, slashing figures in 19 of 20 metropolitan areas for the second (1 comments)
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